American citizens

“And slowly, over many years, the people realized they were not citizens. They were not members of a community. They were clocking in and punching out and killing time. They were employees.” DC Comic’s Uncle Sam, by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross, on the American capitalism

Lifelong dream to be a Filipino

“It is my lifelong dream. I plan to retire here in Davao. I’m happy and honored and proud to be accepted into a country I’ve loved. It’s not that I don’t like being American, I just like being Filipino better.” US WWII veteran Charles William Mosser, on his lifelong dream to acquire his Filipino citizenship

Major League Soccer

“When MLS kicked off in 1996, it did so with team names like the Crew, the Mutiny and the Rapids — American names. After the 2004 season, the thinking shifted to accommodate the league’s fastest growing fan base. The Dallas Burn was renamed FC Dallas (‘F’ for futbol rather than football), acknowledging that the club’s core support came from the Latino community. An expansion franchise aimed at Los Angeles’s Spanish speakers was named Deportivo Chivas. Another in Utah, where Latinos make up more than one-tenth of the population, was dubbed Real Salt Lake. Most white Utahns, even the soccer fans, mistakenly pronounced it ‘Reel’ instead of ‘Ray-al.’” Toronto Star’s Cathal Kelly, on Major League Soccer’s recent interest in ethnic fans

Disbelief

“One of the great non-profit credos is if you show up and you see someone doing something different and something novel that makes you turn your head, that’s something worth supporting. A lot of the support for this starts from disbelief. People just come out to see if this is for real.” Matt Blair, charity organizer

To the Faith Community

“To the faith community: Mobilize in an ecumenical coalition that’s multiracial and capitalizes on the role of each group. Catholics have powers that the Pentecostals can only dream about. The Salvation Army understands working within resident communities. The black church can say things to black citizens that the rest of the city cannot, without being charged with racism. White congregations and ministers can speak to political leaders in a language and tone and directness and facility that’s not available to the powerless black community. The faith community must elevate itself to become an ‘impartial, non-partisan advocate for the poor—and independent voice of truth and conscience that speaks truth to power.’” Toronto Star reporter Royson James, outlining Rev. Eugene Rivers’ anti-violence address